Established Springfield Divorce Attorneys
Divorce proceedings are fraught with peril. So much is at stake that it can be difficult to maintain composure. At Batson Nolan, our proven Springfield divorce lawyers have been there many times before – in fact, many of our attorneys have endured their own divorce proceedings. As difficult as it can be to face a seemingly impersonal legal system under such emotionally charged conditions, it can be done. And you can achieve an outcome that is best for all parties concerned.
At Batson Nolan, we pride ourselves on compassionate but aggressive representation of our divorce clients. We don’t try to pick a fight, of course, but we won’t back down from one either – if that is what it takes to protect your interests and insure a fair result for you. And after more than 150 years of representing clients, there isn’t much that can happen that we haven’t seen before and prepared for thoroughly.
Cooperation vs. Confrontation
Some divorces are amicable, and some turn into gutter wars. Most of the time, they lie somewhere in between these two extremes, especially if there are children involved. Indeed, family courts strongly encourage negotiated settlements of divorce issues as long as the best interests of the children are protected. At Batson Nolan, our Springfield divorce attorneys know how to skillfully combine cooperation with competition to ensure the fairest possible result for you.
“Very friendly, affordable, and fast. If you need any legal matters handled, they will get it done and fast. Thanks again.” – James Simon, April 10, 2018
Other Practice Areas
We handle cases in the following related practice areas:
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Mediation Services
- Post Divorce
- Military Divorce
- High Net Worth Divorces
- Alimony and Spousal Support
- Father’s Rights
- Orders of Protection
- Child Support Modification
- Premarital Planning
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How is property division determined during a divorce?
The popular idea that “each spouse gets half” is not the law in Tennessee, although it does serve as a rough approximation absent complicating circumstances. Tennessee is an equitable division state, not a community property state like California. The following factors are relevant:
- The duration of the marriage
- The ages of the spouses
- The health of each spouse
- The earning capacity and financial situation of each spouse
- How particular property was acquired (inherited property might be considered the individual property of the spouse that inherited it, for example)
- Whether either party wasted marital assets (with a gambling addiction, for example, or by using marital assets to support a secret mistress)
How long do I have to reside in Tennessee before I can file for divorce?
To file for divorce in Tennessee, your marriage needn’t have taken place in Tennessee. Normally, you must have been domiciled in Tennessee for at least six months – although this period can be shortened to virtually zero in extenuating circumstances such as domestic abuse. To be domiciled in Tennessee means you live in Tennessee indefinitely with no current plans to move out of state. If you have additional questions about residency or any other matter, call us and talk to a highly knowledgeable Springfield divorce attorney today.
What are the grounds for divorce in Tennessee?
Tennessee offers both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce, including but not limited to:
- Irreconcilable differences (no-fault)
- Two years of separation if the couple has no children (no-fault)
- Impotence or barrenness on the marriage date (fault)
- Bigamy or polygamy (fault)
- Adultery (fault)
- Desertion (fault)
- The wife was pregnant with a third person’s child on the wedding date (fault)
- Habitual drunkenness or drug abuse (fault)
- Cruel and inhuman treatment (fault)
How long does it take to get a divorce in Tennessee?
The minimum under Tennessee law is 60 days after the petition has been filed if the couple has no children, or 90 days if they have at least one child. Amicable divorces are usually wrapped up within six months. Contested divorces often take a year, and sometimes much longer than that. Complicating factors include substantial wealth, complex finances, and multiple minor children.
We Can Guide You through the Process
At Batson Nolan, we understand what a difficult time this must be for you, and we don’t want to make it any worse than it has to be. Our skilled Springfield divorce lawyer will guide you through the process, and we will not create any unnecessary conflict – as long as your interests are protected.
If you are anticipating a divorce in Springfield, Tennessee, call us at (615) 382-4420 or contact us online. Our Springfield office is right across the street from the courthouse. We have been serving Springfield for years. Our former clients hail from Blackpatch, Barren Plains, Lakeside Estates, Saddlebrook, and elsewhere in town. If you have any other family law concerns please contact our family law attorneys to discuss them.